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Tips for Preparing for the Next Big Storm

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes, tornadoes, or even thunderstorms can cause major damage to your business. Flood water can soak into personal belongings, which can cause mold and destroy electronics. Violent wind can cause debris to break windows or damage roofs. This damage can have long-lasting effects that prevent your St. Louis, MO business from getting back up and running after a natural disaster. However, these tips could help mitigate the damage.

Storm Tip One: Scope Your Area

Making sure that your building is prepared for a storm is one of the best proactive moves that you can make to prevent damage. One way of doing this is surveying your building and its surrounding areas for objects that could cause damage:

• Overgrown tree branches
• Loose roof shingles or tiles
• Unsupported trusses or beams

Keeping maintenance up to date may help the restoration process move along more quickly.

Storm Tip Two: Prepare for the Storm Itself

In addition to flying debris, storms can cause water damage to commercial buildings. Along with causing damage to carpet, walls, and upholstery, flood water can wreak havoc on a company’s electrical system. There are some things you can do to prevent this:

• Back up any crucial data onto an external hard drive or data cloud.
• Unplug all electronic devices and move them onto a higher floor.
• Never enter a flooded building if you suspect there is a live electrical current.

Preventative measures could help to save valuable electronic equipment, along with time spent trying to get your business back to normal.

Storm Tip Three: Call a Professional

After a storm, flood water and debris can make for a disheartening sight. However, flood restoration experts can help to make the clean-up process as quick and painless as possible. They can help you by giving a professional inspection of the damage that the storm has caused, and begin a process of water extraction and dehumidification of your commercial building.

If you experience water damage at your commercial location, call in the experts. Their help, along with the right prevention, can provide a speedy recovery from a storm. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststlouiscounty.com for more information on storm damage. 

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